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fifty favorites, plus 10

an attempt to select 50 favorites. unlike most cowards i did not limit myself to one per director, but for the most part i only double dipped where i thought it was completely necessary (and only one person got the triple dip, though really they could've gotten 5 or 6 on here). ranking is mostly meaningless but they are roughly in order of how unlikely it is they will get cut if i did this list in a year. last ten are the 2021 watches i think could break onto this list in the future.

this was harder than i thought it would be. had to make some tough choices. 50 is a small enough number that a lot of…

  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Shanghai Express
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Blackhat
  • Green Snake
  • Running on Karma
  • Speed Racer
  • The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter
  • Dirty Ho
  • Heat
  • Exiled
  • The Great Mouse Detective
  • Chungking Express
  • Linda Linda Linda
  • Point Blank
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • The Thing
  • Rear Window
  • New Rose Hotel
  • Cure
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Day He Arrives
  • Romancing in Thin Air
  • Aloha
  • F for Fake
  • Wheels on Meals
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Limey
  • Fireworks
  • Dragon Inn
  • Point Break
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • A Christmas Tale
  • Three Crowns of the Sailor
  • In the Mouth of Madness
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • Millennium Mambo
  • Choose Me
  • Simon, the Magician
  • Donovan's Reef
  • Les Sièges de l'Alcazar
  • Klute
  • Shadows in Paradise
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Blow Out
  • Rumble Fish
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • His Motorbike, Her Island
  • The Discarnates
  • Tenebre
  • Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41
  • Tokyo Fist
  • Car Wash
  • Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable
  • The Man Who Stole the Sun
  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity
  • The Exorcist III